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Rosemarie E. Langley, 
formerly of Quincy, 78

Latest from the Boston Herald - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 04:00

Rosemarie E. Langley of Cape Coral, Fla., formerly of Quincy, a retired teacher, died Thursday at Hope Hospice, Cape Coral, Fla. She was 78.

Born and raised in Charlestown, Mrs. Langley lived in Quincy for many years before moving to Florida a few years ago.

She worked as an elementary school teacher in Brockton for 40 years and was a member of the Massachusetts Teachers Association and the National Education Association.

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Bay State on alert after Canada capital shooting

Latest from the Boston Herald - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 04:00

State police are beefing up patrols at “key locations” across Massachusetts in response to the tragic slaying of a 24-year-old Canadian soldier who was gunned down in Ottawa, 
Ontario, yesterday, causing terror north of the border as authorities hunted down and killed an apparent lone-wolf gunman in the halls of Parliament.

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Robert F. Mayers Jr., 82, 
of Attleboro, machinist

Latest from the Boston Herald - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 04:00

Robert Franklin Mayers Jr. of Attleboro, formerly Raynham, a retired machinist and Korean War veteran, died Thursday at St. Anne’s Hospital in Fall River. He was 82.

Born, raised and educated in Attleboro, Mr. Mayers remained a lifelong resident with the exception of 10 years when he resided in Raynham.

He attended the Rhode Island School of Design in 1955 and was employed in the HVAC program by General Motors in Dedham.

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Cops follow that cab to nab suspect

Latest from the Boston Herald - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 04:00

A suspected bank robber came up a little short on his advance planning yesterday when, police said, he failed to secure a getaway car.

Michael Shuman hailed a taxi instead, after trying to break into cars in a nearby MBTA parking lot, police report.

Shuman, 34, of South Weymouth was arrested at about 1:30 p.m. at the Hanover Mall after authorities said he robbed a bank in Lakeville.

He was charged with unarmed robbery, larceny, three counts of breaking and entering a motor vehicle and three counts of malicious damage.

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Andreas Bonatos, at 67, 
Bay State restaurateur

Latest from the Boston Herald - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 04:00

Andreas Bonatos of Greece, a longtime Massachusetts resident and restaurant owner, died Sunday. He was 67.

Mr. Bonatos was formerly a restaurant owner in Massachusetts and a merchant mariner in Greece.

Mr. Bonatos is survived by his wife, Irene (Heretakis); four daughters, Era Kaplan, Katrina, Andrea McGarvey and Tonia Goshgarian; two sons, Nicholas and Manoli; and 10 grandchildren.

Services took place in Greece.

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Throwback Thursday: Ceremony reveals tunnel vision

Latest from the Boston Herald - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 04:00

There’s a hole lot of love captured in this 1934 photo of the Sumner Tunnel dedication festivities. The crowd gathered in front of the bunting-draped Traffic Tunnel Administration Building on June 30 was treated to music appropriate for christening the two-years-in-the-making tunnel, tucked daintily on the left (local ladies who launch got front row seats). Namesake William Hyslop Sumner, FYI, is best known as the developer of Noddle’s Island (now East Boston) and son of Gov. Increase Sumner, whose own name should be on every tollbooth.

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Pension play? Ousted DCF chief delayed retirement until after turning 60

Latest from the Boston Herald - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 04:00

Olga Roche, the disgraced former child welfare chief ousted in April amid a firestorm of criticism, quietly retired as a state employee last Friday — right after she turned 60 — scoring a potentially hefty pension bump in the process, the Herald has learned.

Roche managed to stay on the state payroll at her $137,700 commissioner’s salary for nearly six months after her ouster, first as an “adviser” and then on family medical leave.

Her long goodbye raised the eyebrows and ire of state watchdogs.

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October 23, 2014: Canadian terror

Latest from the Boston Herald - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 03:45

There was terror and horror north of the border yesterday, and images of the Ottawa attacks dominated American airwaves.

Page One leads with the Canadian day of panic, as a heroic soldier was slain before cops killed an apparent lone-wolf gunman. Our story includes riveting eyewitness accounts of the tragedy.

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Canada's PM says shooting rampage was terrorism

Latest from the Boston Herald - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 02:10

OTTAWA, Ontario — A masked gunman killed a soldier standing guard at Canada's war memorial Wednesday, then stormed Parliament in an attack that was stopped cold when he was shot to death by the ceremonial sergeant-at-arms. Canada's prime minister called it the country's second terrorist attack in three days.

"We will not be intimidated. Canada will never be intimidated," Prime Minister Stephen Harper vowed in an address to the nation.

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Palestinian kills baby at Jerusalem station

Latest from the Boston Herald - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 00:28

JERUSALEM — A Palestinian motorist with a history of anti-Israel violence slammed his car into a crowded train station in Jerusalem on Wednesday, killing a three-month-old baby girl and wounding eight people in what police called a terror attack.

The girl and her parents, who were injured in the attack, were U.S. citizens, according to Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat.

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Probe: UNC academic fraud was 'shadow curriculum'

Latest from the Boston Herald - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 00:22

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — A scandal involving bogus classes and inflated grades at the University of North Carolina was bigger than previously reported, encompassing about 1,500 athletes who got easy A's and B's over a span of nearly two decades, according to an investigation released Wednesday.

At least nine university employees were fired or under disciplinary review, and the question now becomes what, if anything, the NCAA will do next. Penalties could range from fewer scholarships to vacated wins.

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US to track everyone coming from Ebola nations

Latest from the Boston Herald - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 00:16

ATLANTA — All travelers who come into the U.S. from three Ebola-stricken West African nations will now be monitored for three weeks, the latest step by federal officials to keep the disease from spreading into the country.

Starting Monday, anyone traveling from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone will have to report in with health officials daily and take their temperature twice a day.

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Teens' travel renews concerns about terror appeal

Latest from the Boston Herald - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 00:03

DENVER — Three teenage girls being investigated for trying to join Islamic State forces in Syria were victims of an "online predator" who encouraged them, a school official said Wednesday, as U.S. officials tried to determine how they made it to Europe without anyone knowing and whether terrorists' appeal is deepening among vulnerable youth.

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Wildlife rehab for bear found in Oregon drugstore

Latest from the Boston Herald - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 23:51

ASHLAND, Ore. — A black bear cub found wandering the aisles of an Oregon drugstore will be raised with the goal of releasing him into the wild next year.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife said Wednesday the bear has been taken to the PAWS Wildlife Center in Lynnwood, Washington, for rehabilitation.

Director Jennifer Convy says rehabilitation staff care for bears with hands-off methods designed to mimic conditions in the wild, and they maintain an animal's fear of people.

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Tribe's highest court orders candidate off ballot

Latest from the Boston Herald - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 23:36

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — A candidate for tribal president on the nation's largest Indian reservation lost another round in a language fluency dispute Wednesday, all but ending his bid for office.

The Navajo Nation's highest court dismissed an appeal from Chris Deschene, making a disqualification order from a lower court final and enforceable.

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Obama expresses optimism about Ebola in US

Latest from the Boston Herald - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 23:32

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama expressed confidence Wednesday about the ability to contain Ebola in the U.S., taking special note of the ongoing recovery of two nurses who contracted the disease and of others who were declared Ebola free after being exposed to the deadly virus.

"We're cautiously optimistic," he declared.

He also gave assurances that hospitals across the country were becoming better prepared to deal with Ebola.

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Coakley: No immediate plans to seek graduated tax

Latest from the Boston Herald - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 23:16

BOSTON — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Martha Coakley and Republican rival Charlie Baker sparred Wednesday over tax policy, with Coakley insisting that she would seek to raise taxes only as a last resort and has no immediate plans to seek a graduated income tax in Massachusetts.

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Judge dismisses Coakley federal housing lawsuit

Latest from the Boston Herald - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 22:50

BOSTON — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by Attorney General Martha Coakley against the Federal Housing Finance Agency and mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, saying the court doesn't have oversight of the matter.

Coakley sued the agencies earlier this year for refusing to comply with a state law designed to ease the tide of foreclosures in Massachusetts.

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Expert: Autopsy doesn't show if Brown went for gun

Latest from the Boston Herald - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 22:43

ST. LOUIS — Michael Brown's official autopsy indicates he was shot in the hand at close range during a struggle, but a medical examiner not involved in the investigation says there's no way to conclude whether the injury meant the unarmed 18-year-old was trying to grab the gun of the officer who killed him.

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Massachusetts candidate presses foe on investment

Latest from the Boston Herald - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 22:38

BOSTON — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Martha Coakley said Wednesday that Republican rival Charlie Baker should take steps before the Nov. 4 election to disclose details of an investment made by the state of New Jersey in a venture capital firm with ties to Baker.

Coakley, the state attorney general, said the case raised "public integrity" questions. Baker has repeatedly said there was no wrongdoing.

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